gettyimagesTOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 14, 2004: Haruki Murakami, the Japanese best selling author/writer/novelist and essayist, on December 14, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. Murakami is best known as the best selling author of books such as 'Norwegian Wood', 'The Wild Sheep Chase', 'Underground', 'Kafka on The Shore' and 'What I Talk About When I Talk About Running'. Murakami is also an experienced long distance marathon runner, and a translator of other authors' works. (Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)